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South America: Andes & Amazon – Group B

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A Day in Tocaña

Jac Kovarik, Instructor

Yesterday we had the privelige of spending the day in Tocaña, an Afro-Bolivian community in the Yungas. In the morning we went on a short hike to coffee and coca farms. We learned about how difficult it is to produce coffee crops due to plagues and......Read More

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Back from our First Trek!!!

Jac Kovarik, Instructor

We are back from our first trek!!! This yak is being posted after 5 days of amazing hiking, incredible views, and nearly 5,000 meter passes. On the second day we went over our highest pass — over 4,900 meters. It was difficult but everyone......Read More

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South America: Andes & Amazon - Group B

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Update from trek!

Julianne, Dragons Admin

Dear A&A-B friends and families, We have been receiving regular satellite updates from group, who are currently completing the final day of their first trek in the Cordillera Real range outside of La Paz.  After traversing the base of Huayna......Read More

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Off to Bolivia!!!

Jac Kovarik, Instructor

After wrapping up our course orientation in Peru’s Sacred Valley, it’s time to head to Bolivia! We will shortly be departing Cusco on a night bus headed for La Paz, Bolivia. We will be arriving to Bolivia’s executive and judicial......Read More

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Update!

Isaac, Participant

Hello Worried Parents (Julie and Alex, I’m still alive and well)! It’s been a busy, action-packed week in Peru! We are still stationed in Sacred Valley, which is a beautiful canyon inside the state of Cusco. On Monday night the group......Read More

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Orientation in the Sacred Valley

Jac Kovarik, Instructor

We are halfway through our orientation, and we cannot believe how much we have already covered! We took a lovely tour of Casita Huaran, our orientation site, and learned about its permaculture and crop rotation projects with the local community in......Read More

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Urubamba Scavenger Hunt

Marco, Participant

Hola todos, Today we went to Urubamba for some cuy and to explore the city. After lunch, we split into groups of 3 to complete a scavenger hunt around the city, during which my group discovered the struggle of city payphones. Nevertheless, we......Read More

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Scavenger Hunt

Isaac Altman-Sagan, Jack James, Robert Gries, Participant

Hello WTB Team and Yak Viewers, We are currently on a Scavenger Hunt in Urubamba, Peru, and we came across this internet cafe and decided to say hey! All is great here. We have had a fun first few days in Peru getting to know the group and beginning......Read More

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Scavenger Hunt, Hello from Urubamba!

Jack James, Participant

Hola, mis amigos y yo somos en una cafe de internet, en Urubamba, una ciudad en Peru. Ese actividad, la cafe de internet, es una parte de nuestro busqueda de tesoros. Urubamba es muy bonita hasta ahora. Mis cosa favorito en la ciudad es la catedral.......Read More

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Urubamba

Eeshani, Emma, and Charlie, Participant

Hola! We are currently in Urubamba, Peru doing a scavenger hunt. We have had the opportunity to try guinnea pig, which is a local food. We did not want to eat it. The mountains are beautiful. They are called apus, or sacred mountains that protect......Read More

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South America: Andes & Amazon - Group B

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Group at the Gate

Sarah O'Brien, Dragons Admin

The Andes & Amazon, Group B has made it to their gate at MIA and will be boarding their flight to Bogota soon! Safe travels students! Family & Friends, please look out for a yak post from instructors once the group arrives safely in Cuzco,......Read More

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Introduction

Marco, Participant

Hi my name is Marco Ayala from Manila, Philippines! I graduated high school last June, and I will be starting college at Brown University this coming August. I’ve spent the last half year playing tennis tournaments, and running a geo-mapping......Read More

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Pre-Course Assignment

Evans, Participant

Connections The excerpt from Mankind’s Poverty… and Calle 13’s song “Latinoamerica” each discuss the oppression of Latin America in different ways. The article investigates the history of conquest and colonization focusing on modern-day......Read More

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Pre-course assignment!

Sol, Participant

Reflections on the excerpt and the music video: Latin America’s history of colonial oppression and exploitation for short-term profit is reflected in the modern culture of the region, which still faces the effects of colonization, both past and......Read More